AJA's RovoCam camera system creates IMAG workflow for Casa Loma.
Owned by Liberty Entertainment Group (LEG), Casa Loma is a castle-turned-event space located in Toronto, Canada.
Consisting of indoor and outdoor spaces suited for private and corporate events, the facility houses a modern A/V infrastructure connected via CAT 6 cabling. Each summer, Casa Loma opens up its glass pavilion for a series of live concerts. Ticketholders watch performances live from the pavilion, or view them on an LED video wall located outside.
To improve the quality of the on-screen content, LEG turned to ESG Show Services owner Wes Thuro and 4NR tech production designer and manager Clark Graff to design a new workflow centred on image magnification (IMAG). Graff brought in AJA RovoCam cameras and RovoRx-HDMI receivers to replace existing HD pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras, which had become "increasingly problematic" as rotating A/V crew members would plug in the wrong RJ45 connection and blow out the cameras.
Graff explained: "A certain degree of operator error is expected when working with transient crews, but RovoCam is foolproof; it's intuitive to set up and use. Its HDBaseT interface makes it easy to get it right the first time; there's simply one cable, so you plug in and you're ready to go."
Three RovoCams mounted to remote pan-and-tilt heads located on the left, right and centre of a support beam inside the pavilion capture performances. Using an AJA RovoRx-HDMI receiver and RovoControl software, the A/V team controls the units from the front of the house (FOH), where the mixing control and lighting console reside. Although each camera shoots 4K/Ultra HD (UHD), the output is HD, with RovoControl's ePTZ functionality enabling IMAG. A region of interest (ROI) frame is selected from the 4K/UHD raster and output through a Roland switcher to a 20ft by 9ft LED video wall outside in 1080p, giving attendees a close-up of the performers.
Graff shared: "The image quality that the RovoCams capture is fantastic, especially compared to other cameras on the market that can cost three times as much and only offer an HD image. I also know they will work, and that's what matters most, because you don't get second chances in a live setting like this.
"I appreciate that the RovoCams are point and shoot, and the convenience of HDBaseT and a single cable is great; the camera is unlike anything out there."
A fourth RovoCam sits in another Casa Loma event space nearby, where it powers IMAG for footage fed through four Christie Projectors, which display close-ups of high-profile presenters on four sections of the room's walls.